Top 5 stories of the week: Festive interiors, predicting 2019’s colour trends and sleeping with the lions

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    From understanding Zimbabwe’s answer to luxury to finding the world’s best festive interiors, here are our top stories of the week…

    This week has been full of adventure in the Hotel Designs HQ. Not only did we published the highly anticipated hotel review on Matetsi Victoria Falls, but we also got into the spirit of the holidays by searching for hotels that are taking Christmas decorations to a whole new level. In between luxury and Christmas, we also managed to catch up one of our recommended suppliers in order to get their take on next year’s colour trends.

    Here are our top stories of the week:

    1) Checking in to Matetsi Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe’s answer to luxury

    Travelling 7,500 miles to Zimbabwe, on the search for luxury, I just happened to stumble into the award-winning Matetsi Victoria Falls. With expansion plans in the pipeline, here is my exclusive review on what I am calling Zim’s answer to luxury.

    2) 5 hotels taking the festive spirit to new heights this Christmas

    Unlike many industries, the hotel industry is one that gets little rest over the festive period. As soon as December strikes, marketing teams from the world’s most luxurious hotels take centre stage to present their properties in the best possible Christmas-themed light.

    From ice kingdoms to designer collaborations, here are our top picks of the hotels that are showcasing the best winter stories this festive period.

    3) In Conversation With: BISQUE’s Ellie Sawdy on 2019 colour trends

    Ever since Bisque first came on our radar, we have been impressed with how the company has taken a very practical – and historically mundane – item and used it to lift a whole interior space. The brand’s marketing manager, Ellie Sawdy, talks us through major colour trends, radiator pitfalls and 2019 surprises…

    4) Former 1920s bank in Zagreb opens as new luxury hotel

    Working in collaboration with project developers Ugo Group Zagreb, London-based design firm HBA London has converted a heritage property dating back to 1923 into a boutique hotel full of residential charm and sense of place.

    5) Goettsch Partners completes Colombia’s first Grand Hyatt

    Architecture firm Goettsch Partners has announced the completion of the Grand Hyatt Bogotá, a new, 372-key hotel complex with a 230-foottall elliptical tower marking the symbolic centre of an 18-building commercial complex.

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    Hamish Kilburn / 07.12.2018


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